What's on this week: 25 November


Berlin theatre companies, photography retrospectives and winter garden exhibititions: our pick of events in Flanders and Brussels

PERFORMANCE: Home Visit Europe

Despite a half-century of integration, Europe remains a vague concept in the day-to-day lives of its citizens. Berlin-based theatre company Rimini Protokoll plays with that tension in a series of intimate, interactive performances staged in living rooms across the continent.

Regular folks volunteer to host a night in their own homes, joined by a dozen ticket-holders as well as Rimini Protokoll’s trio of performers (and a suitcase of maps and props). Hilarity ensues. The project has arrived in the heart of Europe, where Kaaitheater has several home visits planned and tickets still available to some of them. Most of the performances are in English. \ Georgio Valentino
8-20 December across Brussels 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Steichen! Making Meaning of a Legacy

As the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council comes to a close at year’s end, Bozar celebrates one of the Grand Duchy’s most influential artists. Twentieth-century photographer Edward Steichen pioneered art and fashion photography from his adoptive home in New York. As an artist, Steichen helped Condé Nast launch his magazine empire; as a curator, he discovered and encouraged protégés like Ansel Adams. This retrospective covers his entire career. True to the man’s own spirit, it also spotlights several rising young Luxembourgish artists following in his footsteps. \ GV
Until 5 January at Bozar, Brussels

FILM: Follow Gent

A distraught man stares down at speeding traffic from a motorway overpass, an uptight couple must visit an address on the other side of the tracks, a girl on the verge of adolescence tests boundaries and an Irish man falls for a woman a foot taller than himself (“and that’s a lot of inches”). They are all part of multiple scripts that came together to make the collaborative film Follow Gent, a labour of love for several directors, screenwriters and actors. It’s called a work in progress, but it sure looks polished to us. Fortunately, its one sold-out screening during the Ghent Film Festival is being augmented at Sphinx cinema this weekend. (In Dutch and English, no subtitles) \ Lisa Bradshaw
29 November, 19.30 at Sphinx, Ghent


You might expect Botanic Garden Meise to hibernate during the winter, but, no, Belgium’s biggest greenhouse won’t be cowed by a bit of cold. In addition to its permanent collection of floral delights, the garden hosts a special winter exhibition of unusual portraits of trees by Dutch photographer Marion Oprel. Oprel first found inspiration in the ancient mulberry trees of southern France, where she relocated after wrapping up her career as a translator for the European institutions in Brussels. Her lens gravitates toward uncannily human-shaped barks and other natural oddities. \ GV
Until 13 March at Botanic Garden, Meise

More events that deserve your attention

Chatham County Line: American bluegrass quartet from North Carolina, combining strong voices with banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass. 4 December 20.00, CC Hasselt, Kunstlaan 5, Hasselt

Messiah: French baroque ensemble Le Concert Spirituel perform Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah, HWV 56, the best-known of his oratorios, featuring the Hallelujah Chorus melody, which has become part of the collective memory. 3 December 20.00, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

Die weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke: Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s latest work approaches Rilke’s poetic prose, danced as a story. 2-6 December, Kaaitheater, Square Sainctelette 20, Brussels

Werner Cuvelier: Collection of works by the contemporary Ghent artist and conceptual art pioneer, featuring paintings, sculpture and sketches that reflect his passion for geometric design and order. Until 28 February, Felixart, Kuikenstraat 6, Drogenbos (Flemish Brabant)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Screening of Disney’s first animated film, this 1937 classic is for kids 7+ and their families and includes a sweet treat for all audience members (in the original English with Dutch subtitles). 29 November 11.00, Flagey, Heilig-Kruisplein 1, Brussels

Winter Wonders: 15th anniversary edition of the massive winter holiday celebration, featuring hundreds of festive stalls, ice skating rink, Grote Markt Christmas tree, sound and light show and more. 27 November to 3 January, across Central Brussels, Brussels